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The Eric Voegelin Reader: Politics, History, Consciousness. Charles R. Embry, Glenn Hughes, eds. (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2017)
 
Eric Voegelin is one of the most insightful and prolific philosophers of the twentieth century. His life (1901-85) spanned two world wars, the rise of totalitarianism, and the spread of modern ideologies that undermined the philosophical foundations of the Western political…

1. Voegelin presented himself as someone who knew his business and based on a solid conviction that Greek philosophy is the foundation of political science: the lecture materials were presented from this coherent starting point.
2. Devotion to truth as a desire to communicate it to students illumined every lecture and discussion, with the exploration of questions constantly reflecting the tension…

Stating the Problem
Academic research in the field of assessment is replete with thoughtful analysis designed to offer us a multitude of ways to improve both our formative and summative assessment practices, as well as good advice about how we might adopt these practices to motivate, support, and evaluate student learning. However, let us suppose for a moment that by adopting…

The Trend towards Marginalizing Philosophy
“Philosophy of Education” or “Education Foundations” is not regularly offered as a core course in most B. Ed. Programs today. The eradication of Philosophy of Education from Teacher’s Colleges stems, in part, from a lack of vision, courage, and understanding among the elites who develop such professional programs on the one hand, but also from a…

Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom: A Practical Guide for Education Philosophy Courses. Sean Steel. New York: Peter Lang, 2018.
 
Teacher Education and the Pursuit of Wisdom is a wonderful book to be read and an essential book to have for teachers of philosophy. Instead of adopting the latest trends in education, like flipping the classroom or active learning, Steel…

My first encounter with Nietzsche I cannot recall. The story I like to tell myself, or at least would like to tell you, is that it happened in high school, in my girlfriend’s bedroom (yes, it is Nietzsche I am speaking of and yes, he seduced me) where there was a bookcase with — as she designated it — a…

For I saw it was impossible to do anything without friends and loyal followers; and to find such men ready to hand would be a piece of sheer good luck, once our city was no longer guided by the customs and practices of our fathers, while to train up new ones was anything but easy.
- Plato, Epistle VII, 325d.
 
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Analysis of Book One
Scene: 1990s American college core curriculum class in philosophy.
Players: Professor and students
Professor: Today I would like us to analyze the first book of Plato’s Republic. First of all, what does the title of the book suggest about the content of the book?
student: The book is  probably about representative government.
Professor : Not exactly, but the English word "Republic"…

The Usefulness of Plato’s Republic to the Philosopher
The topic of this essay is the practical application of reading Plato's Republic in the life and work of the philosopher. At issue is the extent to which any of the  ideas in Plato's Republic can help a person become a better philosopher. A philosopher is a lover of wisdom whose role in…